dahlia cuttings

Rich BRich B Posts: 97

Hi

When is the best time to multiply my Dahlias by cuttings??

I think i have the method but not sure when to do for next year....

R

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,041

    Start the tubers into growth in February, and take the first shoots off as cuttings.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Rich BRich B Posts: 97

    Cant i take cuttings from mature plants rather than the tubers???

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,041

    No, shoots higher up are hollow and will not root.

    If you have a big cluster tuber, they sometimes split. Each lobe or potato shaped bit has to have a growing point still attached.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Rich BRich B Posts: 97

    Thats digging up and dividing.

    I want to take a cutting from my plant??

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 5,799

    As fidget says, you can take cuttings from the first shoots that emerge in Spring, but not from mature plants, as the stems become hollow.

    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now
  • Rich BRich B Posts: 97

    ok, got it, thanks...

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,041

    If you are leaving them in the soil over winter, you have to beat the slugs to the first shoots. To force them for cuttings, they need a bit of warmth, somewhere under glass, so you will need to dig them up anyway.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
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